Junior Achievement of the Desert Southwest, Inc.

Empowering youth towards their future

aka Junior Achievement of El Paso   |   El Paso, TX   |  https://elpaso.ja.org

Mission

Junior Achievement of the Desert Southwest dba Junior Achievement of El Paso (JA) is an affiliate office of Junior Achievement USA. JA of El Paso is one of 106 local Junior Achievement organizations across the nation. JA’s collectively form the largest organization with a mission dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are designed to ignite a spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century. Our focus is to, prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs that make our communities more robust.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Mrs. Elizabeth Terrazas

Main address

200 Bartlett, Suite 104

El Paso, TX 79912 USA

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EIN

74-1565161

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

El Paso, Texas has a population of just over 850,000 people. The city's median household income is just above $40,000 per year compared with a Texas average of about $50,000. Further, over 23% of the city lives at or below the poverty level. Many children who come from these areas are in danger of staying in the cycle of poverty. JA programs offer youth the opportunity to see beyond their circumstances by providing financial education and exposure to the professional world. Unfortunately for most of these disadvantaged youth, our programs are the only chance they have to make lasting connections to benefit their professional life. Through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, JA helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. JA inspires students to develop competitive skills and confidence. Their success bolsters the local workforce and ultimately contributes to economic growth.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Junior Achievement educating school age children

Through age-appropriate curricula, Junior Achievement programs begins at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. Junior Achievement programs continue through the middle and high school grades, preparing students for future economic and workforce issues they will face. Our programs are delivered by volunteers virtually or when safe in person. Volunteers bring in the real world to the students providing them with positive role models and guides to life after graduating.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Junior Achievement of the Desert Southwest, Inc. dba Junior Achievement of El Paso’s (JA) mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy with the confidence to own their future economic success. JA programs are designed to ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

Before the pandemic, we were on track to serve over 10,000 students. COVID-19 closed schools and impacted the way we delivered our programs. But JA has adapted and has an even greater capacity to serve youth in the El Paso region, encompassing nine West Texas counties. We can now reach larger numbers of students as we deliver JA’s award-winning educational programs through new JA virtual and online content. JA is stepping up with new digital programs because financial literacy education is more important than ever.

Our focus remains the same, to prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and manage it effectively. JA programs teach students how to create jobs that make our communities more robust and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.

Student success is central to JA’s mission to provide volunteer-driven learning that fosters workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. JA helps them identify how to improve their lives by changing certain behaviors related to money, education, and work readiness. We take students from a mindset of "I can't" to "I can." Volunteers are key to driving home the messages in JA Programming as they bring in real world experience to the students. With JA programs available virtually or volunteers meet the students on virtually as well! Whether that is by being beamed in or by providing volunteer videos to specific classrooms.

Preparing youth to be work-ready is a prominent pillar of JA programs and provides participants with a valuable means to explore career opportunities, entrepreneurship, and become financially literate through experiential, hands-on programs. All content is now delivered virtually by corporate and community volunteers and provide relevant, interactive experiences that give students knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers and provide relevant, interactive experiences that give students knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. JA has adapted to the current circumstances and switched from in person volunteer delivery to virtual and online content.

By teaching our youth to value free enterprise, business and economics, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers to improving the overall quality of their lives. Junior Achievement focuses on providing K-12 students practical career information and emphasizes ways students can prepare for these careers while still in school.

Our volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th-grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship & financial literacy skills, using experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. Through a portfolio of age-appropriate curriculum, JA programs equip youth with the financial knowledge and skills necessary to make informed financial choices.

Since 1967, your community JA has served over 126,000 young people in the El Paso area. We serve anywhere from 4,500 to 10,000 students per year. In 2019-2020, JA provided programs for 7,462 students in the El Paso area, a thirty-one percent increase.

JA has a proven program with which our board and staff are committed to bringing to a much larger segment of young people in our community. We all have a vested interest in ensuring that our young people are more prepared than ever to take on the challenges of an increasingly complex world with enthusiasm and confidence. By investing in our capacity building initiative, you become a partner in our work to impact more students and recruit and train more role model volunteers to deliver our programs, and empower youth to transform their lives and our community.

As a result of the pandemic, JA programs are now available virtually! This allows our office greater capability in expanding our reach to our outlying counties we service. By being virtual we are able to enter the classrooms that would normally be impossible due to logistics and staff size. We are excited by the opportunity we have to ensure all students are able to achieve economic success.

JA is proud of the successes and gains of the organization. In the fiscal year 2019-2020, as a team we impacted 7,462 students, grew student numbers by 5.83%. This is inclusive of over 300 students participating in a JA virtual program at the end of the 2020 school year when all districts went online.

On a national level, JA earned a 2016-2017 JA USA Peak Performance Team Award. JA was one of only 18 JA Areas nationwide to receive this recognition. The award recognizes superior annual performance by a JA Area team in achieving growth in students reached or contact hours delivered, while sustaining financial and operational soundness. In 2017-2018 JA earned the 4 Star Award . This national award recognizes staff and boards that meet JA USA’s operational standards for compliance, student impact, operational efficiency, financial stability, and sustainability.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Junior Achievement of the Desert Southwest, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Aracely Ramirez

ADP

Term: 2018 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mr. Ian Sparkman

Marathon Petroleum Company

Term: 2019 - 2025

Aracely Ramirez

ADP

Carlos Vega

Level Four Insurance Agency

Matt Osberg

Helen of Troy

Grisel Arizpe

El Paso Electric

Joe Meza

Prudential

Lettie Ramos

GECU

Omar Chavez

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Albert Cortez

State Farm

Ian Sparkman

Marathon Petroleum Company

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/19/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/29/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.